Your collective agreement sets out your rights and responsibilities at work. If you have any concerns about your treatment, please talk to your steward or a member of the executive.
We all take pride in our work, and CUPE 387 takes pride in helping New Westminster city workers have the best working conditions, wages and benefits possible. We do that with the help of the membership. We all have busy lives, which makes it challenging for local unions to engage members. Here’s how you can get more involved with the local. Help us help you.
Attend monthly membership meetings
The monthly general meetings review executive business, the local’s finances, updates on campaigns and initiatives in workplaces, and more. The meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. at the Centennial Community Centre.
Become a steward
Stewards are often the first contact members have with the union when seeking information or for any concerns in the work place. The local provides regular training to keep you informed and educated on how to deal with members and management.
Join a committee
Committees get the work done. Members can join executive on a committee by contacting the Business Agent, George Habib.
Run for an executive position
You can help shape this local to be the best it can be for its members.
Vote in the elections
Have your say in who runs this local. Attend the Annual General Meeting in March and vote for the people you want to represent you in the coming year.
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others;
it is the only means.”
Your CUPE local strongly believes in the importance of learning. To this extent, we encourage you to take advantage of the large variety of CUPE courses and workshops that are offered throughout the year.
There are three main programs offered every year:
CLC Harrison Winter School – held during the months of January and February.
Spring Weeklong School – held in the first two weeks of May.
Vancouver Island Fall Weeklong School – held the first week of November.
Workshops and seminars are also offered throughout the year.
For more information on these and other courses please consult with the union office @ (604) 520-5644.
Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.
As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So, too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion, language and ethnic origin.
Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.
Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.
CUPE’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to equality. Members, staff and elected officers must be mindful that all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.